Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the use of natural herbal extracts to treat medical conditions.
Many pharmaceutical drugs are based on the purification and isolation of specific plant constituents. In contrast, herbal medications use the whole plant, which contains thousands of compounds. These compounds work synergistically to produce a range of beneficial actions, within the body. 

Herbal medicine works alongside and complements conventional medicine; it is not a substitute. In patients with arthritis, for example, we use conventional medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Herbal medicines can work alongside these medications, relieving pain and inflammation and providing support to the internal organs, returning the body to a state of balance and improving the patient’s emotional well-being.

There are many over-the-counter herbal products available on the market. These are very different to the ones prescribed by veterinary herbalists. They do not have to undergo rigorous quality control; the amount of active ingredients can vary widely and are often ineffective. The herbs we prescribe are medicinal grade, produced to a high standard and are only available to herbal practitioners.

During a herbal medicine consult we consider your pet’s complete medical history, lifestyle, diet and behaviour to formulate a herbal treatment tailored to your pet’s individual needs. We understand that the body works as a whole and that one disease can affect multiple body systems. This holistic approach is critical when dealing with multiple illnesses or chronic conditions.

Common conditions where herbal medicines can help are:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Skin Disease
  • Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease  
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer, including patients on chemotherapy
  • Feline Idiopathic cystitis

Lisa is a qualified veterinary surgeon with almost 20 years in practice. She has extensive experience in conventional treatments and has undergone further training and qualifications to expand her knowledge of integrative medicine.

Lisa can offer herbal treatments alongside other modalities such as acupuncture, laser and pulsed magnetic therapy.

Herbs are natural products, but this does not mean they are safe to use indiscriminately; they can produce side effects and interact with other medications. This is why you must consult a veterinary herbalist before starting this treatment with your pet. 

Herbal Medicine consultations and treatment are covered by insurance. We can assist you with this process. We would suggest that you check your individual pet policy for the amount of cover available.

If you would like to explore how herbal medicine can help your pet, please get in touch via the contact form below to book a referral appointment with our veterinary herbalist, Lisa.

The consultation will typically last around 1 hour. We need a referral from your primary vet and your pet’s medical history, our clinic manager Clare will contact your vet directly for this.

Prescribed Tincture £30 per 100ml inc vat

Integrated Vet Herbal Consult

£ 75
  • 1 Hour

Follow up Consultation

£ 55
  • 45 Mins

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